By Steve Kovacs (Introduction by Chuck Gibson)

LOVELAND, OH (October 13, 2021) – In Issue 2021-198 of Steve Kovacs Fun with Maps, we celebrate higher learning in Georgia.


The Georgia School of Technology, now the Georgia Institute of Technology, was founded on this day in 1885.

It was 3 more years before the school opened its doors to 84 students, signaling a change in the US   South from an agricultural base to an industrial one.  Women were not admitted to the school until 1952.

Buzz, the mascot, represents the athletic teams of Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets.  The school’s other symbol, the Model-A Ford Ramblin’ Wreck represents the early students’ attempts at mechanical buggies that would serve as a new transportation system in the South. 

EDITOR’S NOTE: Loveland’s very own Luke Waddell, currently a Major League Baseball prospect playing in the Atlanta Braves farm system, played his college baseball as a Yellow Jacket at Georgia Tech!

A trip to Atlanta and the Georgia Tech campus wouldn’t be complete without a stop at the neighboring burger joint, The Varsity, for a hot dog, some rings, and a frosted orange!

Davison-Paxton Department Store was another fixture in Atlanta.  Here is their promotional pictorial map of Atlanta from the 1940s.

1940’s Atlanta (Credit Steve Kovacs)

Steve Kovacs and his wife Theresa reside in Loveland, Ohio where they raised their two children. He is a passionate collector of antique maps.

Visit his antique map boutique world-on-paper online. Watch for his daily feature Steve Kovacs: Antique Maps & Fun Facts here on Loveland Beacon.